State law requires citizens to notify the SCFC before burning yard debris. Find your county's toll-free burn notification number here.
Media seeking information about fires should contact Director of Communications Doug Wood at (803) 968-1576 or Public Information Coordinator Justin Holt at (803) 360-2231.
90 Years
Forestry Commission celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2017

Join us all year long in celebrating nearly a century of forest protection, management and development for the citizens of South Carolina. We’re planning special events, contests, exhibits and of course "Throwback Thursdays" (#TBTs on Facebook) throughout the year to commemorate this historic milestone.


Forest Products Proclamation
Gov. McMaster proclaims Oct. 16-20 SC Forest Products Week

Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a proclamation designating Oct. 16-20 South Carolina Forest Products Week in the Palmetto State.
The observance coincides with the annual national week of the same name and pays tribute to the thousands of products that come from our forests, the professionals who manage the forests, and the businesses and people that create the products.

Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald ash borer detection prompts statewide quarantine for ash

The emerald ash borer, a beetle pest that has devastated ash trees throughout the eastern United States, was officially detected in Greenville, Oconee and Spartanburg counties in August 2017. According to a Clemson University press release, the beetles were found Aug. 3 during a routine check of Emerald Ash Borer traps and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In response to the discovery of EAB in the Upstate, the State Crop Pest Commission has established a statewide quarantine for ash.

Scott Phillips
SC Forestry Commission selects next State Forester

Scott Phillips was named the next State Forester today at a special meeting of the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
Phillips, the Rural Forestry Programs Manager with the Commission, will take office when current State Forester Gene Kodama, who has the third-longest tenure of his predecessors, steps down Jan. 2, 2018.
“We had an excellent and far-reaching pool of candidates, internal and external,” said Commission Chair Walt McPhail. “Scott is a top-notch forester who has both the technical knowledge and people skills to work with the diverse coalition of stakeholders we serve, the landowners growing our forests, the General Assembly, our natural resource partners and of course our statewide Forestry Commission team.”

Hurricane Harvey Assistance
SCFC sends 17 to assist with Hurricane Harvey response, relief

Responding to a request from the US Forest Service, the South Carolina Forestry Commission is sending 17 members of its Incident Management Team (IMT) to assist with Hurricane Harvey flood recovery efforts. With its extensive Incident Command System (ICS) training, the team will be providing organizational structure to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of relief operations. SCFC's Incident Management Team works regularly with various organizations on training events and real-world disasters, helping them to apply the principles of the Incident Command System framework.


Register now for our Certified Prescribed Fire Manager course

Land managers who conduct outdoor burning can reduce their liability by becoming Certified Prescribed Fire Managers. Training sessions have been scheduled for the following dates and locations:


VFA Equipment
Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants available now.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission administers the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants funded through the USDA Forest Service. The program offers 50/50 matching fund grants intended to increase firefighting capacity, especially of those fire departments serving communities in the wildland urban interface. Fire departments serving rural communities with a population of 10,000 or less are eligible for the Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

Kodama stepping down from SCFC helm at year's end

South Carolina State Forester Gene Kodama announced Thursday, June 29 that he will be “departing” the Forestry Commission in January 2018. He is only the 10th State Forester since the agency’s inception in 1927, serving the third-longest tenure of his predecessors.
“I am not using the word ‘retire’ because I plan to continue to work, but in a different setting that could be in either the public or private sector,” Kodama said in a statement. “This has been an extremely difficult decision to make because my almost 10 years of working with the Commission and all its partners in the forest products industry, the General Assembly and the natural resources community has been a fantastic, rewarding experience.”

SCFC welcomes back 16 wildland firefighters from Florida

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is welcoming back 16 of its wildland firefighters who were sent to Florida two weeks ago to help battle nearly 150 active wildfires across the Sunshine State. Responding to a request for support from the Florida Forest Service as part of a firefighting assistance agreement called the Southern Compact, the Forestry Commission sent two strike teams May 13 to join beleaguered firefighting crews from around the South; the SCFC contingent included 14 men and two women from all corners of the Palmetto State. More than 2,100 fires have burned across Florida this year, scorching nearly 200,000 acres.

Campfires can now be prohibited during State Forester's Burning Bans

Gov. Henry McMaster recently signed into law House Bill 3719, adding campfires and other recreational fires to the list of activities that can be prohibited under a State Forester’s Burning Ban. The legislation also raises the fines levied on those convicted of violating the ban to up to $200 for first offenses and at least $500 for second and subsequent offenses. Previously, campfires, bonfires and open-fire cooking were conspicuous exceptions to the burning restriction imposed by such a ban, which the State Forester is given the authority by state law to declare in fire-, weather- and/or resource-related emergencies.

Forestry has $21 billion impact on South Carolina’s economy

Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the state’s forestry sector in grand fashion Wednesday, April 26, unveiling a large backdrop depicting the industry’s $21 billion contribution to the state’s economy.
The new economic impact figure, revealed in the findings of a Clemson University study commissioned by several forestry organizations, was disclosed at a press conference on the State House grounds as a part of “Forestry Day,” as proclaimed by Gov. McMaster. The occasion was also a celebration of the Forestry Commission’s 90th anniversary, which was founded nine decades ago to the day. A tree-planting ceremony on the State House grounds was held after the press conference.

Think Before You Burn
'Think Before You Burn" video kicks off SCFC fire prevention blitz

The South Carolina Forestry Commission recently produced a “Think Before You Burn” fire prevention video with help from its own agency personnel and from staff members of the Lexington County Fire Service. The video was made to support a larger statewide fire prevention blitz that Forestry Commission fire staff will be conducting from October through December and will be shared on the agency’s website, through its social media outlets and in public service announcements on radio and television.



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Economic Impact Analysis of SC's Forestry Sector, 2017 (pdf)

Forests of South Carolina, 2016 (pdf) USFS

State of South Carolina's Forests Fact Sheet (pdf)

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Economic Impact of SC Forests -Analysis (pdf)

Forestry Impact by Numbers (pdf)

South Carolina's Forested Acreage by County (pdf)

SC Forest Inventory and Analysis 2012
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SC Timber Products Output and Use, 2013

State Forest Sustainable Commitment Statement (pdf)

South Carolina Forestry's 2015 Project

South Carolina Forest Resource Assessment (Forest Action Plan)

Primary Forest Industry Directory - list of all wood and paper manufacturing industries in the state.

Income Tax Deduction for Timber Casualty Loss (pdf)

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners (pdf)

Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window)

A Landowners Guide to Forestry in South Carolina - (pdf)


Forestry Commission's Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report (pdf)


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The mission of the South Carolina Forestry Commission is to protect, promote, enhance, and nurture the forest lands of South Carolina in a manner consistent with achieving the greatest good for its citizens.

Responsibilities extend to all forest lands, both rural and urban, and to all associated forest values and amenities including, but not limited to, timber, wildlife, water quality, air quality, soil protection, recreation, and aesthetics.

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Phone: 803-896-8800
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